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Beef(2023), Writer, Director, The Emmy Nominee, Sparky, Talented, Off the wall … - After pondering countless words and praises to describe this man who is brimming with talents and exudes boundless charm, the term "Creator" was chosen finally. Today’s [My OLED Playlist] features the classic playlist of Lee Sung-Jin, the hot director of the hot series.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
This is the film I have rewatched the most in my life. I had just graduated college and moved to New York City with no job, and this movie perfectly captured the melancholy in my life. It has a perfect ending, and one of the best ending needledrops of all-time in Beck’s “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.”
This film came out when I was in junior high school. My parents wouldn’t let me watch it, so I watched it at a friend’s sleepover. We huddled around a small TV in the basement with our jaws wide open. We didn’t know movies could be like this. When it finished, we took out a notepad and made timelines for each character arc and spent the entire night discussing the movie. In terms of Tarantino films, I think I actually enjoy INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS more, but I have to list Pulp Fiction ahead of it considering the impact it had on me as a teenager.
Another film that radically changed my understanding of cinema. The direction, the cinematography, the production design, the ending! I was in shock. This was the first Korean language film I had ever finished on my own (my parents had watched many Korean films growing up, but in my youthful ignorance, I ignored them). Because of this film, I started looking into not only other films by Director Park, but other Korean movies in general. I cannot wait to watch the 20th anniversary restoration in theaters this month.
It was my senior year of high school when this film was released. I went to the theater to watch STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - PHANTOM MENACE, but it was all sold out, so my friends and I decided to check out MATRIX, which we knew absolutely nothing about. The whole time we kept whispering “oh my god.” We left the theater wanting to immediately see it a second time. I know it’s a bit cliché to cite this movie, but seeing it for the first time was one of the best in-theater experiences of my life, so I had to list it.
This movie is basically a mother and daughter talking the whole time, and no other film has made me cry harder. So many incredible heartbreaking monologues, tapping into the deepest of emotions and the complicated dynamic between mother and child. Liv Ullman delivers one of the best performances of all-time. And no one does extreme close-ups like Ingmar Bergman.
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